US. U.S. Amid vaccine delivery delays, Covid’s death toll reaches 350,000

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Funeral homes in California drive away mourning families
Congressman-elect Luke Letlow memorializes Louisiana
Hundreds of thousands more deaths in the confusion of vaccinations is feared

As analysts predicted another increase in cases and deaths due to the holidays over Christmas and the New Year, the number of Covid 19 deaths in the U.S. surpassed 350,000 early Sunday.

Larry King, veteran TV talk show, coronavirus hospitalized – reportsRead more Johns Hopkins University data revealed that the U.S. surpassed the threshold early Sunday morning.

It has affected more than 20 million people.

123,614 individuals were hospitalized, according to the Covid Monitoring Initiative. The U.S. has reported the most deaths from Covid-19 in the world by far, led by Brazil, which has reported more than 195,000 deaths. To secure health care staff and nursing home residents and employees, the federal government has started distributing and deploying two coronavirus vaccines.

Yet there has been criticism of the software as sluggish and chaotic. As of Saturday morning, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had administered 4,225,756 initial doses of Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines – out of a total of 13,071,925 doses distributed. Some states, including North Carolina and Arizona, have recorded record numbers of cases.

Mortuary owners complain they are inundated with bodies in hard-hit Southern California.

A tribute to Republican Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, who died of Covid-19, was held Saturday in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey refused the call for public schools to teach only online for the next two weeks by a senior education official unless they got an exemption from health officials.

Superintendent of Public Education Kathy Hoffman said schools required a “quarantine period” of two weeks in the midst of a coronavirus wave, as educators and local authorities review health information and determine what type of instruction is suitable for their communities.

A Governor’s spokesman said Ducey will not issue the order because the opening of schools is a local decision. Arizona reported nearly 8,900 additional cases of Covid-19 on Saturday and 46 deaths.

Next week, after winter break, several schools will resume classes. With 9,527 confirmed cases on New Year’s Day, North Carolina recorded the highest number of cases per day to date, crushing the previous record by more than 1,000.

9,356 cases were registered there on Saturday. “We begin 2021 in our most dangerous position in this pandemic,” said State Secretary of Health Dr. Mandy Cohen. Overall, North Carolina has reported more than 558,000 cases. 15.5 percent of the tests were positive as of Saturday, the highest rate since the pandemic started.

Moreover, a record 3,479 individuals were hospitalized and 783 were in intensive care. With 144 confirmed deaths, the number was nearly 6,900 in the state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said more than 1 million confirmed cases had been registered by his state and surpassed that amount when he announced around 15,000 positive tests Friday. Experts said the official number of cases reflects a major undercount since, although testing was widely inaccessible, several people in the New York City area were contaminated last spring. After California, Texas and Florida, New York is the fourth state to record over 1 million positive tests. Friday, New York confirmed 128 dead.

Hospitals in Los Angeles struggled to provide adequate oxygen for the sickest patients on Saturday, when the U.S. got some relief. Crews from the Army Corps of Engineers arrived. The office of Gov. Gavin Newsom said the crews helped several hospitals upgrade systems for oxygen delivery. Hospitals often struggle to keep up with the demand for oxygen tanks that can be brought home by patients.

Homes vandalized by Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi in Covid protestsRead moreThe southern half of the state has suffered the worst consequences, flooding its hospitals.

In tents, arenas, classrooms and conference rooms, Makeshift infirmaries are built.

With a staggering 585 coronavirus deaths in one day, California started the new year. Over 53,341 new cases were reported by the state health department on Saturday, taking the number to 2.3 million. It’s got 266,

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